About the Altipiano Vineyard & Winery: "Peter and I met June 6, 1990 and married one year later on July 10, 1991. We met through an Ad Peter placed in the San Diego Reader. A few years ago, we were featured as their longest success story. Peter and I have been involved with many businesses from a nationwide Department of Defense freight business, owning a hotel/restaurant in downtown San Diego and my working as Peter’s paralegal in his law practice. We began searching for another home site in 1997. We searched all over the county but never found that magical place. One day, Peter had out his maps and said there are two roads he wanted to explore in the Highland Valley area.
We didn’t see anything on the first road. The second was Camino Del Aguila. The rest is history. We had always talked about having a vineyard and the 2007 wildfires made it a reality. We have watched our diamond in the rough turn into an amazing paradise for all to enjoy. We have two beautiful daughters and an amazing granddaughter.
We share our little farm with 3 Llamas, 3 dogs, 2 cats and now an assortment of chickens. I love the different roles Peter and I share working the vineyard. It has truly become a labor of love and we look forward to the next chapter yet to be written."
Personal Experience: I found this location to be another hidden gem, tucked away in the hills of Escondido. Upon arriving we were immediately greeted with a warm welcoming from the owner who let us roam around and soak up the beauty of their property.
We were given permission to be part of their private tour and learn about the history not only of their vineyard but of the Escondido terrain surrounding their property (which turns out to have a very rich and bloody history). Co-owner, Peter, is a very knowledgeable and charismatic man, who taught us a lot about the process of turning grapes into wine. We got to view the behind-the-scenes and learn the insights of wine-making. If you're in the area, stop by!
Some happy customers when I was there:
The co-owner, Denise, pouring me a delicious glass of red wine: